Spen Webster, Warden of Readers reflects on this year’s Readers Conference. Once again proving to be a hugely successful and inspiring event.
The 2016 Bishop of Warrington's Annual Reader Conference recently held at the Conference Centre, Select Stadium, Widnes, attracted well over 100 delegates from across the Diocese. The theme for the day 'Remembering love, Remembering Sacrifice' was led by Bishop Paul.
Spen Webster said “As the conference was held against the backdrop of the terrible terrorist events in France the theme, discussions, and sharing of the scripture, John 18: 33-37, was to prove very timely, thought provoking and so relevant to all who attended the conference, particularly in relation to the Readers pastoral ministry work. The feedback from delegates on the whole day has been tremendous!”
Speaking ahead of the conference last week, Bishop Paul was looking forward to spending time with the Readers. He said “As well as being an important part of the re-licensing process it is a chance for reflection and prayer in this month of November, a time of remembrance. Our Readers play a crucial role in our Diocese being 'Fit for mission'. As we continue to grow and to make a bigger difference, our Readers in their ministry are at the forefront of the delivery of the Gospel. I pray for the continuing strength and wisdom for all who serve as Reader and for those who may feel called to this role in the future."
Looking forward already to next year’s conference, Spen added “Next year we will welcome Rev. Canon Paul Rattigan to lead the day on the theme of 'Discipleship'. The date for your diary will be 20th November 2016 and I’m delighted that some Readers have already booked their place!”